Things can begin to get a little tricky at this point of the season. Champions League has started, and with that comes the dreaded ‘R’ word: rotation. Managers have been quite consistent with lineups to this point, but the start of European competition usually brings change.
Game-week six features some intriguing match-ups, and managers have been kind enough to share some squad information that should be useful. I will include form players with some differentials and gambles mixed in, going from front to back this time.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.8, Fulham v. Watford)
Boasting four goals in the opening five game weeks for a promoted team will get you noticed. The Serbian comes up against the surprise package of the season so far but will not fear the Watford defense.
Sergio Aguero (£11.4, Manchester City at Cardiff)
He gave us an injury scare last week. If you kept faith, it could be a great Saturday. Gabriel Jesus started the midweek defeat to Lyon, but Aguero has played from the start in all Premier League games.
Jamie Vardy (£8.9, Leicester v. Huddersfield)
Let’s call this a differential pick: The recently retired England man is owned by less than 5% of managers. The visitors have looked leaky in defense and Vardy may just decide to have a party.
Alexis Sanchez (£10.2, Manchester United v. Wolves)
A strange pick, I’ll admit it. I had no room to include Lukaku up front, so it felt a good time to back the Chilean to get his first goal of the season. He was rested at the start in Europe, so he should be fresh.
Lucas Moura (£7.4, Tottenham at Brighton)
Spurs’ best player this season was left on the bench for the clash with Inter Milan at San Siro, making him a certainty to play against Brighton. While Harry Kane looks tired, Moura is full of running and terror for defenses.
Eden Hazard (£10.9, Chelsea at West Ham)
Scored a hattrick last week, then rested for the Europa League, I have a feeling West Ham defenders haven’t been sleeping well this week.
Ryan Fraser (£5.7, Bournemouth at Burnley)
A player I was happy to have in my lineup last week despite injury fears, he repaid my faith. This time he will face a wretched Burnley team enduring a horrid start to the season with arrgh Joe Hart arrgh in goal. Eddie Howe will once again give Fraser license to roam.
Sadio Mane (£10.0, Liverpool v. Southampton)
I was all set to include Mo Salah who’s overdue for a huge game. Then I saw who the visitors to Anfield would be — I’m always expecting goals from players against their former teams because they give that little extra.
Chris Smalling (£5.8, Manchester United v. Wolves)
Looked like a striker last week with the chest control and swivel volley. Wolves are playing quality football, but United are building some momentum, so I back them for the clean sheet.
Marcos Alonso (£6.8, Chelsea at West Ham)
Eleven points in each of his previous away games... has to be included despite West Ham turning on the style last week.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£4.1, Crystal Palace v. Newcastle)
If you’re going to include the expensive midfielders, you dream of having a defender at this price who is starting games. Roy Hodgson has found a gem who is already in 25% of fantasy teams.
Ricardo Pereira (£5.1, Leicester v. Huddersfield)
My selection to be a breakout player, he already has three assists. Claude Puel will get the backline sorted, so we should see more clean sheets on his resume soon as well.
Andrew Robertson (£6.2, Liverpool v. Southampton)
Benjamin Mendy is uncertain to play for Man City, making the Scot the defender most likely to post a monster score this week. Get him in!
Ederson (£5.6, Manchester City at Cardiff)
Hard to see Cardiff scoring, simple as that.
Michel Vorm (£4.9, Tottenham at Brighton)
Hugo Lloris should miss another game, Spurs need to get on track after a bad stretch.
That’s the squad for game week 6: players to fit every budget. Who will be your captain? Whom did I leave out that you think should have been included? Lacazette or Lukaku maybe?